A guide to some of the most common work related injuries
Slips, trips and falls
Slips, trips and falls are the most common work place injury. Wherever you work, be it in an office, supermarket, shop or factory there are plenty of trip hazards to catch you out. Some of our trips are born out of our own clumsiness; however other trips may happen as a result of negligence or carelessness on a colleague or employers part.
If you are an electrician, construction worker or kitchen staff, you can be at risk from burn injuries. Some burns can be minor, though painful, but some can be far more serious with permanent scarring and in some case can prove fatal. Even making a cup of tea in the staff kitchen can lead to being burnt so always be careful around anything hot.
Back and neck injuries
Back and neck injuries can unfortunately affect anyone in any profession. People lifting items incorrectly are a big cause of back injuries. These items don’t even have to be particularly heavy, even something like a box of paper for your copier could cause damage to your back. Stiff, painful back and necks can also be caused by poor posture, lack of movement and badly designed work stations, while workers who spend most of the day standing run the risk of suffering musculoskeletal injuries. It is advised to take regular breaks to keep your muscles moving and working.
RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury)
Recent work place injury research suggests that 1 in 50 workers suffer from RSI. Those who are most at risk from RSI tend to be those who use their hands and arms for much of the day such as typists, factory workers and drivers. Symptoms of RSI include numbness and pain in the wrists, arms, shoulders and neck.
Workers who use powerful machinery and power tools are running the risks of vibration injury commonly know as ‘white finger‘. White finger can cause a tingling sensation and numbness in the fingers and hands as well as turning the affected fingers and hands white. Those who are most at risk of contracting vibration white finger are construction workers, mechanics and ground workers.